On a busy morning where we learned that Tampa Bay had re-signed restricted free agent LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal, we also leaned that the Buccaneers have placed an original round tender on defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. Pat Yasinskas reported on his ESPN NFC South blog that the Buccaneers had elected to place the 1.3 million dollar tender on Daniel, which means other teams can sign him, but must surrender a third round selection to the Buccaneers if they reach a deal with him.
This is a smart use of the restricted free agency system. If an NFL team found Te’o-Nesheim worth signing and worth a third round pick, they are more than welcome to surrender this pick to Tampa Bay. Otherwise, Daniel returns to provide depth for the Buccaneers defensive line in 2013 for a very reduced price tag. With the likely departure of Michael Bennett, making sure there’s enough healthy players on the defensive line is key. Te’o-Nesheim had 21 tackles and 4 sacks in his fairly regular playing time with the Buccaneers in 2012, and figures to play in certain situations in 2013, unless pressed into action by the absence of Da’Quan Bowers due to legal concerns.
So the Buccaneers have already made a couple of fairly smart moves, locking up depth for small amounts of cash. What do you think so far, Buccaneer fans?